A warning for diabetic patients to pay attention to their cholesterol levels and blood pressure has come from an American eye doctor as a way of preventative eye health care.
As eye sight can be compromised the longer a patient has diabetes it is particularly important that juvenile diabetic sufferers are closely monitored for the development of diabetic eye disease that can be as early onset as ages thirty five to fifty.
The main cause for concern is that almost fifty per cent of diabetics are at risk of sight loss as they are unaware of their conditions. With high blood sugar levels, the lens of the eye swells causing nearsightedness. When those levels change and dip again, the lend shrinks according to how much sugar has entered the lens, changing the patients prescription.
Swelling is also a danger from the back of the eye when blood vessels leak fluid and blood which can cause vision to distort straight lines into wavy ones.
Often, eye sight tests are a first warning that primary health care follow ups are required for diabetic testing. Large amounts of nearsightedness and floaters in the vision field are all early signs that bleeding or fluid build up could be occurring as a result of raised blood sugar levels.